Life above 8 events

At Life Above 8, we believe events are great opportunities to promote the communities that host them. We couldn’t be more proud to show off all the Hayward/Seeley/Cable area has to offer, from our amazing trails, Northwoods beauty and small-town hospitality. Events also bring visitors who help support area businesses and contribute to the local economy.

Our small portfolio of events are not intended to compete with any of the other larger, more traditional finish line events in the area, such as the venerable Chequamegon MTB Festival, the Borah Epic or the Fat Bike Birkie. Those are amazing races with long histories and large organizations behind them. Our events are intended to attract more of the DIY crowd who love cycling, think of themselves as competitive, but care less about age-group podiums than what beer they are gonna find at the finish party.

The Hungry Bear 100 and the Chequamegon 100 are both locally grown events that after only a handful of years already feel like family reunions to the participants. The Tour de Chequamegon bikepacking weekend was created specifically to drop a midwest pin in the route map at, to promote the amazing gravel forest roads in area and to introduce people to bikepacking who might be a bit nervous about attempting a trip on their own. We have plans for one more event that will have a similar DIY ethos, the Seeley Search Party, an urban messenger-style race in the Northwoods. Stay tuned for more details soon.

I (Seeley Dave) could not be more honored to take over the reins of the Hungry Bear and Cheq 100. I shadowed Tim and Odia at both events last year and will work to keep the same fun but challenging feel to the races. It is very likely Tim “Ironman” Krueger and Terrene Tires/Esker Cycles will continue to be around. I’ll just handle the planning and logistics.

We will also continue to donate profits from these events to great local nonprofits, directly invest in local cycling, promote the area and make our events more inclusive and diverse.

Hope to see you at these fun events. Registration will open soon for all the following events.

Saturday, May 14th, 2022
100 or 60 miles of gravel forest roads.
Saturday, June 18th, 2022
100 or 60 miles of CAMBA singletrack
Sept. 23rd – Sept. 25th, 2022
Three days of guided bikepacking
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